A0049 – Mercer-Parker Family Collection

A0049 – Mercer-Parker Family Collection


Title: Mercer-Parker Family Collection
 Date span: c. 1926-1965
 Physical description: 9.8 linear ft. (10 boxes)

  • Erma White Mercer (1898-1989), 
  • Paul Mercer (1902-1970), 
  • Joanne Mercer Parker (1928-2016), 
  • Jack Bedell Parker (1928-2007), and 
  • Joni Parker Morgan, (b. c. 1950)

Language note: English



Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Acquisition Information: Gift of Joni Morgan (2007 April) via the Boynton Cultural Centre (2015.017)  and (2006 Mar 18, 2017.019); Gift of the Boynton Beach Historical Society (2021.028.002)

Preferred Citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library



Historical Note:  Erma White (1898-1989) married Paul Mercer (1902-1970) in 1928. Their daughter, Joanne Mercer (1928-2016) married Jack Bedell Parker (1928-2007) in 1949, and they had several children, including Joni Parker (Morgan), in about 1950. Erma White was an elementary school teacher in the Palm Beach County system for many years and later worked in the school lunchroom. Paul Mercer was a prominent local businessman who was very active in local organizations, and served as mayor of Boynton Beach in 1947.

Scope and Content Note: Family papers including photographs from Erma White Mercer, chiefly of Boynton Beach elementary school (1920s) and her teaching certificate; papers of Paul Mercer, chiefly certificates, correspondence, and clippings of his involvement with local community organizations, including the Boynton Beach State Bank (1959-1970), the Bethesda Hospital Board (1960s), the Rotary Club, the Shriners, and his 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason's hat; and clippings on his acquittal of the charges of running bolita gambling (1961). Also includes John B. Parker's scrapbooks of clippings of international World War II events; a scrapbook with clippings on the 1947 hurricane; an embroidered pillowcase from Joanne Mercer Parker; and Joni Parker Morgan's photograph of Boynton Beach Elementary School 1956-1957 first grade class.

Elementary school teachers
Elementary school students

Arrangement Note: Collection arranged by five series, including five members of the family:
Series 1: Erma White Mercer, Series 2: John B. Parker, Series 3: Joanne Mercer Parker, Series 4: Joni Parker Morgan, and Series 5: Paul Mercer.

Processing Information: Collection processed in c. 2017 / sms
Date of finding aid: April 2019 / gc


Box 1  

Subseries 1-Photographs
Folder 1: Photographs of Boynton Beach c. 1920

  • A0049-1-1-001 Boynton High School hurricane damage, 1928
  • A0049-1-1-002 Northwest corner of house, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-1-003 Boynton Canal, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-1-004 A Walk on East Ocean Avenue, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-1-005 Woman sitting on steps of house, c. 1925

Folder 2: Unidentified High School
Folder 3: Class photos, 1920s

  • A0049-1-3-001 Erma White Mercer's Boynton Elementary School class with "Big Rich," c. 1925
  • A0049-1-3-002 Erma White Mercer's Boynton Elementary School class, c. 1925

Folder 4: Boynton School photos, c. 1920s

  • A0049-1-4-001 Boynton Beach PTA play, 1926
  • A0049-1-4-002 Erma White Mercer's Boynton Elementary School class, c. 1927
  • A0049-1-4-003 Boynton Elementary School 8th grade graduation, 1926
  • A0049-1-4-004 Boynton Elementary School 4th grade, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-4-005a Boynton School teacher, c. 1927
  • A0049-1-4-005b Boynton School teacher, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-4-005c Boynton School teacher, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-4-005d Boynton School teacher, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-4-005e Erma White Mercer, Boynton School teacher, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-4-005f Ella Lakin, Boynton School teacher, c. 1925
  • A0049-1-4-005g Boynton School teacher, c. 1925

Folder 5:  

  • A0049-1-5-001 Ocean Avenue east of the canal, 1926

Folder 6: Coral Gables
Folder 7: Gulf Stream County Club

  • A0049-1-7-001 Gulf Stream Country Club, c. 1927

Folder 8: Florida teaching certificate, 1927
Folder 9: Florida teaching certificate, 1941
Folder 10: Photographs of Paul and Erma Mercer, c. 1970
Folder 11: Negatives and prints, 1965

  • 001-007 Family party, many wearing Indian headdresses and masks
  • 008-024 Adult party
  • 025-031 Men grilling chicken
  • 032-036 Mercer house at 303 NW 1st Avenue
  • 037-041 Soapbox Derby car
  • 042-045 Chadwell house after hurricane
  • 046-051 High School students with paintbrushes

Box 2  

Series 2-John B. (Jack) Parker-Two scrapbooks containing clippings on WWII

Series 3-Joanne Mercer Parker- Loose leaf clippings scrapbook, 12x14, 14 leaves, featuring clippings on the 1947 hurricane effects chiefly in Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami. Once article written by Joanne (Jan) Parker on her Boynton Beach experience published in the Centralian Sentinel, 1947. Donated by Joni Parker Morgan to Janet or the BBHS, unknown date. 2021.028.002

Box 3 
Series 3-Joanne Mercer Parker-embroidered pillowcase
Series 4-Joni Parker Morgan - Photo of Boynton Beach Elementary School 1956-1957 First grade class, which included Joni Parker

Box 4 

Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 1-Awards and Certificates, including Buster Keaton’s Circus Saints and Sinners, Course 1959
Subseries 2-Bank Board of Directors, Boynton Beach State Bank, clippings
Subseries 3-Bank Board of Directors, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Delray Beach, program, resolution 1970

Box 5 

Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 4-Business, Standard Oil Service Station- includes book of “Christmas Carols” printed by Mercer Service Station
Subseries 5-Correspondence

Box 6 

Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 6-Hospital Board, including clippings, certificates for Board of Commissioners SEPBC, resignation 1962 on board

Box 7 

Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 7-Masons – hat for 32nd degree Scottish Rite with double headed eagle perched on a sword with its wings outspread. A triangle is placed on the chest of the eagle and displays the number "32". A belt is draped on the sword and carries the Latin phrase "Spes Mea In Deo Est", with a star appearing before the word "Spes" and after the word "Est"

Box 8 

Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 7-Masons- certificates, program for 1971, plaques

Box 9

Series 5-Paul Mercer, Subseries: Papers.
Subseries 8-Newsclippings
Subseries 9-Perjury Trial/Acquittal papers and clippings detailing charge of setting up a bolita (1961)
Subseries 12-Rotary Club 
Subseries 14-United Fund

Box 10

Series 5-Paul Mercer. Papers and Photographs
Subseries 13-Shriners
Subseries 10-Photographs, including portrait of Mercer
Subseries 11-Political Career